‘Fear and threats’: Mexico hits back after Trump pressures automakers

Mexican government ‘categorically rejects’ attempts to scare off investors but effects seem clear as future Ford plant – and job hopes – are left an empty shell

Mexico has hit back in the verbal trade war with Donald Trump, hitting out at the use of “fear or threats” to deter companies from investing in the country.

The US president-elect has threatened to slap import tariffs on US automaker General Motors for importing cars it makes in Mexico and Japan’s Toyota for planning a new factory there.

Ford also announced that it was cancelling a $1.6bn new factory in the northern state of San Luis Potosi that had been criticised by Trump, though the company said the decision was business-related.

Without mentioning Trump or any government, Mexico’s economy ministry nonetheless said in a statement that it “categorically rejects any attempt to influence the investment decisions of companies on the basis of fear or threats”.

  • favill

    I’m kind of hoping the same thing happens to Toronto….but in a more extreme manner. Those fµcktards were the ones who gave Wynne a majority government. While Ottawa won’t be directly affected since it’s a government town…80% unemployment in Ontario and Quebec would be wonderful!!! Then the “peasants” will start burning sh!t to the ground. Especially in cities with lots of diversity. Can’t wait to see the CBC building in Toronto going up in flames and the firefighters kept at bay by the “diversity.”

    • ntt1

      there has been no available oxygen at the CBC for years, any body self destructive enough to watch the programming will vouch for the fact it is now a totally anaerobic operation look at rick mercer for example. CBC burning? it would be similar to a peat fire at best, lots of toxic gas and smoke but no flames.

      • mauser 98

        no oxygen… but tons of money

    • It is primarily the Public Service Unions who have kept that thief in power but yes much of downtown Toronto thought it fabulous that we have an ugly bitch dyke as Premier as if that alone qualified her to do anything more than lick her husband’s saggy tits.

      • mauser 98


      • Clink9

        Actual LOL.

      • favill

        With respect to the Public Service Unions–yes it was them who absolutely put the Liberals back into power. However, how many non-CUPE people would vote for a party (not necessarily PC), which ran on making Ontario a right to work province;0 disenfranchising the Provincial Public Service; increasing the speed on the 400-series highways to 130km/h; cutting medical services to only life-threatening or crippling accidents (if you have a heart attack/stroke or are in an accident where a limb is broken–so no money for sex-changes or the like); opening up Ontario to privatized healthcare/insurance; making it illegal for any police force in Ontario to be part of a union; reverting education standards back to the requirements of the 1960s; re-opening the mental institutions and putting every homeless person and transgender/transvestite in them (and giving each of the latter a labotomy); lowering the electricity rates by re-opening coal plants, building new natural gas electricity generation plants and building new nuclear power plants to meet the energy requirements of large industry and homeowners; cutting by 50% all MPP pay/expense accounts and cutting by 100% MPP pensions; allowing oil/natural gas companies to frack and microwave Ontario’s oil and natural gas in order to put people back to work and only giving welfare to those who are literally incapable of working any job (parapalegics and people who were seriously injured on the job. We would keep the free injection sites….but the medical staff would be ordered to give all the users a “hot” dose in order to end their “addiction suffering”. How many of you in BCF land would actually vote for a party that ran on all these points?

        • WalterBannon

          there was only one item in that list I don’t like, but I would suffer it for the rest

        • Bataviawillem

          I’m in.

  • Jim Fox

    “outsourcing”- the business ‘progressive’ weasel word for slavery. Garment makers in Bangladesh paid peanuts, overworked then killed in multiple fires & building collapses; plus numerous other examples. Child labour in most 3rd world countries- just so ‘business’ can make extortionate profit. India is a disgrace in this respect.

    • Thank you!

    • ntt1

      funny how many progressive entertainers use that corrupt system to manufacture their lines of clothing and bling. Hey J-Lo thats you.

  • simus1

    Trump is indicating to all multinational companies that it might be wise to wait a bit until they get a handle on how the new “business climate” will impact their previous assumptions.

  • J. C.

    Trump did say that Mexico would ‘pay’… 😉

  • Dana Garcia

    The Mexican attitude toward the US is : “What’s ours is ours and what’s yours is ours also.”

    Mexes are so addicted to mooching of passive Uncle Sucker that they can’t imagine any other way to function. President Trump is going to be a wake-up call, looks like.

  • If Mexico wants to do or keep business, why not make things amenable to investors and have good wages?

    I know – crazy idea.

    • ntt1

      As of today a gallon of gas in mexico costs about $1.10 can, the average labourer earns about $3.00 day. no wonder manufacturers flock there no wonder so many seek to escape. fix the problem at source.

    • Alain

      Even more important would be to end the corruption, which exists at every level of society. In fact this is also the reason that the drug cartels are able to function there. The corruption however is so ingrained that it would not be an easy job.

  • Alain

    It did not sound like a threat to me; more of a promise actually.

  • Solo712

    …what badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!

    • Minicapt

      … badgers. Because of Gov Walker, everyone hates Wisconsin.


      • Solo712

        I was reqacting to the character on the pic with Trump. He is one one of the bandits in “Treasure of Sierra Madre” who answers Bogey when he tells the bandits to produce badges to prove they are “federales”.

        • Minicapt

          I know.


  • WalterBannon

    We don’t need no stinkin’ Mexican Imports

    Stick to your guns Trump